‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ Is Visually Stunning And Superbly Executed | Film Review


Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is a 2017 action film starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna and Ethan Hawke. The flick is directed by Luc Besson who is known for The Fifth Element and Taken trilogy.


A synopsis for this film reads: “A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe”.


One of the first things you’ll notice about Luc Besson’s Valerian is how beautiful it looks and how much work and thought went into the perfect realisation of this world. In an era where nearly every film features tons of CGI, Valerian stands out and shows how cheaply the effects are done in most of the other ones.


The trailers truly do not do this movie justice. I am a big fan of Besson’s work and I watched this movie just because it’s made by him. I believe the trailer made the film look like one of the usual Hollywood ones. What I got instead was an extremely pleasing and original story that was superbly executed.


What I loved about Valerian was that the plot isn’t the typical sci-fi plot. It plays like a detective story mixed with action and amazing visuals, culminating in a very satisfying ending that made me yearn for sequels to learn more about the universe Besson has created.


I believed the chemistry between Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne was good, although DeHaan maybe was a bit too young for his role. I was really pleased when Rihanna was on the screen as her sequences were interesting and kept the story developing.


Another great addition for this film was the presence of Ethan Hawke. I wish he had more screen time though. The creatures created for this film had an out of the ordinary look and gave the film a plus in terms of originality.


If I were to give a mark to this film it would be an 8 out of 10. It’s perfect for 3D and IMAX. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is out in cinemas everywhere! Here’s a preview of what you can expect:




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